(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Iowa Western Community College Small Business Development Center has announced the Dream Big Grow Here southwest Iowa winner.
The first Annual Dream Big Grow Here Southwest Iowa contest concluded on the evening of November 1st with a “pitch-off” by five finalist of the online popular vote portion of the $5,000 grant contest.
Tom Mulholland, owner of Mulholland Grocery Store in Malvern, was the grand prize winner of $5,000 for his business. Mulholland Grocery Store will now compete in the Statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch off in Cedar Rapids on March 7th at the annual Entrefest Conference.
33 businesses from 7 counties in Southwest Iowa entered the contest through the Dream Big Grow Here website and generated over 14,000 votes. These businesses competed to get the most votes for their companies through social media, emails, in store promotion and many other creative ways to get people to vote.
The top five vote getters were invited to the “pitch off”. The five companies included:
*Beacon Vacations – Terry and Bill Oldenburg – Council Bluffs Iowa
*Johnson Brothers Mill Restoration – Rebecca Castle – Shenandoah Iowa
*Mulholland Grocery – Tom Mulholland – Malvern Iowa
*Cut Up and Quilt – Becky Ingraham and Kim Scott -Council Bluffs Iowa
*Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Hall- Shane and Maritza McCool – Shelby Iowa
For more information on the entries see the contestant’s original entries to Dream Big Grow Here at www.dreambiggrowhere.com/Archive.aspx?el=20.